Over the years, the HSE sector in Middle East has seen tremendous improvement in standards, leading to a significant drop in accident rates and that’s why the region is fast emerging as one of the world’s leading investment hotspots. Thanks to more awareness being spread among builders, decision-makers and residents, the Middle East region today is recognised across the globe for its safer workplaces and far safer environments. A major factor that has contributed to this commendable evolution of safety standards in the area is the fact that respective governments are quite serious about implementing safety-related laws stringently with a clear focus on building the credibility of the region in respect of safety. Of course, no nation can aspire to be on the fast track of economic development and attract investments without giving top priority to safety.
Considering the fact that the construction industry is worth $500 billion in the region alone, it’s no surprise that the criterion has advanced over the years. The Code of Construction Safety Practice for Dubai, 2009, was conceived to assist businesses with their safety responsibilities and covers a wide variety of construction subjects from PPE to scaffolding and everything in between. This, along with many other regulations, shows how seriously the region is taking its health and safety duties, say reports.
It is to be specially noted that the UAE government has been taking the health and safety of construction workers seriously over the years. It is estimated that the Middle East construction industry is projected to deliver projects worth US $500 billion by 2015. This is expected to lead to an increased investment in EHS products and services to help ensure more occupational safety in working places. Yes, Middle East is leading the way for better safety and better tomorrows. In the current issue of Safety Messenger, which coincides with the launch of our Gulf edition, we have attempted a comparative analysis of the safety scenario in the Gulf region. Such a focus is also a part of our basic commitment to creating awareness among the public about the need for better safety standards through the pages of the magazine. Unlike other publications on safety which are more or less of a technical nature and catering to professional segments of the safety industry, Safety Messenger is meant to enlighten the general public on HSE related issues. This is our very mission, how we would like to stand out among the crowd. What gives us strength and confidence is the tremendous response we have been receiving for the issues we are highlighting.
We would also take this opportunity to recall the pioneering efforts of the erstwhile NIFE, the very first safety training institution in India, in promoting safety as an academic discipline and breeding hundreds of safety professionals who are now well-placed across the globe in leading establishments. In fact, it was that bloodline which made us to venture into the publications field, thereby fulfilling the long-felt need for an HSE magazine catering to all. We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome the enlightened readers of Middle East to the pages of the Gulf edition. We look forward to your valuable support and feedback.
M .V. Thomas